It's not the existence of God that's a mystery, but the existence of evil.

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Keywords: God, Evil, Suffering, Theodicy, Mystery[ edit ].



“Others, among the faithful, take refuge in their inability to solve the problem: evil, they say, is "a mystery". I don't believe this. Rather, I see it as one of the few self-evident truths we have (as Pascal, with his usual lucidity, remarked: "we know well evil and falsehood", not goodness and truth). It is their God who is a mystery, or who makes evil mysterious. And I'd rather dispense with that mystery, which is only imaginary. It's better to recognize evil for what it is - in its banality and excess, in its atrocious and unacceptable evidence - to face it head-on, and to fight it, while we can. It's no longer religion, but morality; no longer faith, but action.”

André Comte-Sponville, The spirit of atheism, Albin Michel, 2006.


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